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DOLE’s forum to promote industrial peace held

Since its commencement on November 13, 2020, a total of 468 establishments from various sectors and industries in Davao Region have participated in monthly Human Resource (HR) Practitioners Forum conducted by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) XI.

This DOLE XI-initiated activity aims to provide quality labor and employment information and to increase the awareness of all the HR Practitioners in the region, especially on the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers alike.

DOLE XI has partnered with other government agencies such as the Social Security System, PhilHealth, Pag-IBIG, and Bureau of Internal Revenue, in the conduct of the monthly forum via online meeting platform.

Thus far, 1,312 representatives from numerous establishments within the region were provided with information on recent DOLE issuances and guidelines, especially during the global outbreak of COVID-19. Among these were D.O. 224-21 “Guidelines on Ventilation for Workplaces and Public Transport to Prevent and Control the Spread of COVID-19”, Labor Advisory no. 9 s. 2020 “Guidelines on implementation of flexible work arrangement as remedial measure due to the on- going outbreak of COVID-19”, Labor Advisory no. 8 s. 2021 “Guidelines on the Administration of COVID-19 Vaccines in the Workplace”, Orientation on the Safety Seal Certification, Rules on Termination and Suspension of Employment, and payment of salary-related benefits.

Ms. Aljean T. Cañete, HR Practitioner from Toyota Davao City, shared that her understanding of the topics before and after the forum has widened owing to the expertise and extensive knowledge of resource speakers. “I hope DOLE XI continues to introduce more activities like this to regularly inform and enlighten us on our responsibilities as representatives of the management,” she added.

Similarly, Ms. Lovely Jay L. Salon, HR Practitioner from Buhangin Medical Clinic, expressed her gratitude to DOLE XI for introducing this program that is designed to encourage better labor- management relations and the so-called industrial peace in the workplace. “This is a great venue for us to gain more understanding of the labor laws and standards. We are always looking forward to participating in these important activities.”

DOLE XI Regional Director Atty. Randolf C. Pensoy believes that the provision of quality labor education to all HR Practitioners in Davao Region is also a way of promoting the principle of shared responsibility to workers, employers and more importantly, to foster industrial peace.

Overall, 13 HR fora were successfully conducted by DOLE XI’s Labor Relations (LR) Unit under the Technical Services and Support Division. The LR Unit is responsible for the important aspects of labor relations like the promotion of workers’ and employers’ rights and obligations using the Labor and Employment Education Services (LEES) and the advancement of inclusive policymaking through the Regional Tripartite Industry Council (RTIPC). Schedules, registration links, topics, and other details for the upcoming forum are posted on the official Facebook page of DOLE XI.

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